Questions tagged [light-fixture]

For questions generally relating to lamp holders, luminaires, and any other electrical device designed to use an electric lamp to provide artificial light in a home.

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LEDs are burning out quickly

I am an DIYer and replaced bathroom light fixtures 3 years ago. Was using halogen and incandescent bulbs, but decided to switch entire house to LED. I admit that I purchased these bulbs from the ...
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Grounding chandelier in old pan junction box

I recently removed a crossbar from one of my ceiling pan junction boxes and replaced it with a hickey. As I understand it, having the crossbar was a bit odd since a mounting stud was already available....
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How do I diagnose fluorescent light flicker?

We have 2x4 troffer fluorescent lighting throughout the building. These are consistently flickering and it is annoying. Nearly every light in the building flickers, including in my room. (This ...
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How to open fixed paper ceiling lamp

The bulb needs changing but I have no idea how to open this, I tried twisting it but I am afraid it will break. It feels like it is somehow attached to the hanging bulb, but I might be wrong. Nothing ...
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Hot and neutral touched. Some lights no longer working

I was disconnecting a light fixture, it slid down quickly the hot and nuetral wires touched and caused ceiling lights in three rooms to go out. One outlet is also not functioning. I went to the panel ...
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Using hanging pendant with heavy glass bottle?

I'm thinking of purchasing several of these hanging pendants for our house, but I'll be using a glass bottle to cover the lightbulb, so the end-result is something like this: wine bottle hanging ...
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How can I level out this hanging light fixture?

Should this have come with weights of some sort?
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How to brightly light an entire backyard area with only one electrical box? [closed]

The end goal is a security light for a backyard that provides ~10,000 lumens total output over an area of roughly 85 x 45 feet (26 x 14 meters). The problem is I haven’t found any ready made way to ...
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Is this my light fixtures ground wire?

Is the exposed wire (the one in the photo without the screw) in the photo below my ligting fixtures ground wire and should it be connected to the screw shown? Edit: I added another photo: It looks ...
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What is the brand or type of this track lighting fixture?

It only has two contacts, like J or L types, but they are staggered, like H type fixtures.
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What does it mean for a halogen globe to strobe and then blow?

A halogen light globe (bayonet fitting, note this is not a downlight but a traditional globe) in my home started strobing for a while, then it blew. I'm used to incandescent and halogen globes dying ...
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Ceiling Mount Power Cable Pass Through

I am Looking for guidance on mounting a laser light in our daughter's office/room remodel to the ceiling, while providing a clean way to hide the power cable. Some of the laser light devices come ...
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Replacing light fixture UK unable to determine which wire is which

We had our kitchen redone within the last year, part of that was adding a new light fitting which was to be replaced later in the year. That time is now, I've just taken the old one off which has ...
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How to remove plastic junction box

Does anyone know how to remove this type of junction box from the ceiling from underneath?
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Dimmer switch on 3-way circuit only working 90% of the time, is it a bad switch or something else?

I installed a dimmer switch on a 3-way circuit that was working correctly. The other switch is a standard on-off switch. The fixtures they control are halogen light fixtures. About 10% of the time, ...
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G9 LED Won't Fit In Socket

I am a little embarrassed that this question might be ridiculous, but I feel like I'm losing my mind. I purchased this wall sconce and added in a toggle switch because there's no wall switch on the ...
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GU10 LED lights strongly strobing (no dimmer) UK

I realise there is a lot of information out there on LED lights flickering, however I'm struggling to find anything relating to this situation, i.e. GU10 fittings and a regular switch (i.e. not a ...
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Should the wiring to my recessed light have a strain relief and a ground wire connected?

I had this can light installed by a contractor. It was not attached to anything, just resting on top of a hole in the ceiling. The cable is not entering through the plastic grommets. There are no ...
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Ceramic ring installed wrong and now jammed

Maids took a globe off and instead of putting the ring inside the globe and screwing on they put on top and have managed to jam it up inside. I have tried needle nose pliers and started to unscrew the ...
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Light Fixture - power but no light

Yesterday I installed a new light over our dining table. At first everything seemed to work fine, but last night I turned on the light and it sparked and the light went out. I turned off the power and ...
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LED Shoplight Dim

Have 48 led (2 Banks of 24) Shoplight with a standard AC plug into ceiling outlet, controlled by awall switch. Shoplight operated normally for the past year. And then, one day it didn't. It Powers up, ...
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Ceiling light/fan remote problem

I have a ceiling light/fan controlled by remote only - no light switch or pull cables. Now the remote receiver is broken and the company doesn't make the replacement part anymore. So in buying a new ...
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Why is there an extra conductor in my hew home's light switch circuit?

We are trying to install a ceiling light in a new build home. The wires are all there and connected to a single pole switch, but the ceiling box has 4 wires(black, white, red and ground) and the ...
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Replacing light switches— can all live / all neutral wires be grouped? Is conduit a valid ground?

I'm replacing two switches (which control separate lights) in a two-gang box with two smart switches (TP-Link HS200). To make my questions as clear as possible, I've sketched the current state as well ...
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Can I Add a Plug to Lights Designed to be Wired In?

So I purchased these lights on Amazon, not realizing that they don't actually have a wall plug, they're just bare wires. Can I attach some wiring and a plug to the wires to be able to plugin them ...
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Are GX24Q-3 bulbs compatible with G24Q-3 bases and vice versa?

Are GX24Q-3 bulbs compatible with G24Q-3 bases and vice versa? Can a GX24Q-3 bulb be safely powered by a G24Q-3 base? Can a G24Q-3 bulb be safely powered by a GX24Q-3 base? EDIT: If not, then can a ...
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Light bulb burning problem on a two lights luminaire

I'll ask owner for an electrician, but we have a weird issue with one of our luminaire in our apartment. It's a two bulbs luminaire and since a year or so, we've change bulb in it like... 5 times ...
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Lighted medicine cabinet needs GFCI outlet and Dimmer - why?

I'm having my GC prepare electrical for lighted medicine cabinet and I'm trying to understand the wiring instructions so I can make sure he does the work right before the walls go up. My confusion is ...
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Weird 3 Way Chandelier Stopped Working

I have a 3 way switch connected to a chandelier which is somehow not getting power. All the light bulbs work, but none switch on. I know it's getting power because an electronic timer connected on ...
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Wattage on ceiling socket?

I noticed on most ceiling sockets the wattage is listed as 660 or 600 Watts. Why is it listed this way and what is the safe amount of wattage that can be used by bulb in such socket. Picture of what I ...
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What kind of halogen bulb is this?

One of our ceiling fan bulbs recently went out, and I can't for the life of me find a replacement for it. By my best approximations, size is 3.65" H x 1.3" W, and 11-12mm at the base. The engraving ...
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Add bathroom light fixture to GFCI or not possible?

In my bathroom near the sink is a GFCI outlet. I installed a new medicine cabinet and I want to add lights that currently do not exist. I will connect these fixtures with Romex wiring that I will ...
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Single Pole Light Switch 3 Black Wires

not sure if I can get help with this but wanted to present my issue. I've been installing smart light switches throughout the house and have had no issues. Ran into a unique light switch this evening ...
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JA8 certified light source

We live in San Francisco, CA. We're attempting to replace overhead lighting in our kitchen area of our condo. I'm trying to understand this piece of the lighting code: According to http://...
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Fluorescent light requires twist to start

I have a fluorescent light in my bathroom. It used to work fine, but then had issues with it not turning on. I replaced the tube, but it hasn't fixed the issue. I can get the light to come on if I ...
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Troubleshooting a String of LED Recessed Lighting Fixtures

I have 5 LED-based recessed lights on a 3-way switch that are problematic. When I activate the circuit, I rarely get all 5 lights switching on. If I turn them off and back on again, they all work. ...
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Bathroom bulb only giving off weak light

I turned on my bathroom light this evening and was surprised to note that it only gave off a very feeble light, barely illuminating the room. On inspection, it looked like only the ends closest to the ...
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Can I use a brighter bulb in a Harbor Breeze Caratuk fixture?

The house I'm living in has Harbor Breeze Caratuk ceiling fan fixtures installed in the bedrooms. The light bulb is a 60W equivalent LED bulb (6.5W). But the rooms are not lit brightly enough for me. ...
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motion sensor lights constantly on, motion only, or off

I have some motion lights in the back of my house, I want to also be able to use them to illuminate the back when I'm out there. I drew up the following schematic, the idea is to have the motion ...
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Why is this odd 3 wire light not working?

I have a very odd light problem. We took down the ceiling to move a light. We have two switches in the dining room that control two lights. After moving the one light, I tested the light I moved and ...
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New lightbulb doesn't fit in fitting

I had lightbulb in my bathroom that lasted for many years but finally blew. I took the blown lightbulb to the lighting store, and they gave me a replacement that they said would work. However, I then ...
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Shop light wiring

I am hoping to put two 4ft flourescent lights in my garage where it only had a single light bulb before. I have never done anything electrical so even the simplest job is all new to me. My question ...
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How should I connect my new light fixture?

I’m trying to install a bathroom light fixture. It has one white, one black, and one copper wire I opened the wall and I have 2 black 2white 2 copper and one red. I can get the light to come on but ...
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Incredible Night Wave Light System [closed]

I want to buy or make a nice night random-waves light projector at home. The idea is from the movie "Blade Runner 2049": I searched on sale, but I did not find anything like this. There are many more ...
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How should I connect this old fluorescent lamp?

How do I connect a fluorescent lamp with capacitors (or capacitor+starter?) and a ballast? I made a diagram to make it clearer. lamppu = lamp and katto=ceiling. I need to know where to connect ...
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7 wires, 3 sources, switchable power in 2 wires - how to put it back?

I tried to mount a new lamp and it couldn't fit because of the ceiling rose so I took it out to see what can be done. Turns out that there are 7 wires coming from 3 different sources, 2 hot wires, ...
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Query: 2 cables in 1 junction box

Please see image A below. Previously attached was a 3-bulb fixture. I have replaced it with a 4-spotlight bar successfully by copying the previous wire configuration. Lacking the background, the ...
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Two black cords coming from light fixture.

I am installing a new light fixture but both of the wires coming from it are the same colour. I read that sometimes the neutral wire will have ridges on one side. I’ve attached some pictures, I’m ...
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Ceiling junction box has 6 wires?

On my kitchen ceiling, there are two light boxes controlled (I hope?) by one dimmer switch. The boxes are connected to the far wall (opposite the switch) by a conduit that runs along the ceiling; ...
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Installing pendant lights - no junction box available/feasible

In laws are coming into town and are seeing our house for the first time. As you can imagine my honey-do list is a mile long! We just finished up painting our entire upstairs (about 1000 sq ft) and ...